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Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years

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Scotland’s new strategy calls for a totally carbon-free electricity sector by 2032. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Holyrood ministers aim higher after hitting target of 42% cut by 2020 six years early, but say Brexit poses challenge

January 19, 2017 — Scotland is seeking to dramatically cut its reliance on fossil fuels for cars, energy and homes after setting a radical target to cut total climate emissions by 66% within 15 years.  Continue reading Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years

Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

using sniffer dogs, scientists at the University of Exeter report that they hunted for bat carcasses at 46 windfarms across the uk
Using sniffer dogs, scientists at the University of Exeter report that they hunted for bat carcasses at 46 windfarms across the UK, 29 of which had ecological impact assessments available. Photograph: Mark Ferguson/Alamy Stock Photo

Research suggests ecological impact assessments carried out for wind farms are not adequately predicting bat activity or risks

November 7, 2016 — Hundreds of bats are being killed in collisions with wind turbines in the UK each month, despite ecological impact assessments predicting that many wind farms were unlikely to affect such animals, according to a new study.  Continue reading Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

Green Investment Bank could be snapped up by foreign buyers

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Shaun Kingsbury, head of the Green Investment Bank. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer
Institution set up to power UK’s green energy revolution could switch to funding more lucrative schemes abroad, say critics

March 5, 2016 — A financial institution set up by government to accelerate Britain’s green power revolution could end up being sold to private equity firms and fund windfarms in Germany.

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World’s biggest wind farm given go-ahead off Britain

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Offshore wind developer Dong Energy says a final decision has been made to construct the 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One scheme off the coast of Yorkshire in northern England

LONDON, United Kingdom (Feb. 4, 2016) — A wind farm that would be the largest in the world and power more than a million homes has been given the go-ahead in Britain.

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Denmark broke world record for wind power in 2015

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Denmark set a new global record for wind power generation for electricity in 2015. Photograph: Rex Shutterstock
Windy year helps Denmark to produce 42% of its electricity from wind turbines, despite two major windfarms being offline

January 20, 2016 — Denmark produced 42% of its electricity from wind turbines last year according to official data, the highest figure yet recorded worldwide.

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As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

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The slump in oil prices that’s brought upheaval and cost-cutting to the traditional energy industry spared renewables such as solar and wind, which raked in a record $329.3 billion of investment last year.

January 18, 2016 — The 4 percent increase in clean energy technology spending from 2014 reflected tumbling prices for photovoltaics and wind turbines as well as a few big financings for Continue reading As Oil Crashed, Renewables Attract Record $329 Billion

Why clean energy is now expanding even when fossil fuels are cheap

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Solar panels are seen in the Palm Springs area, California, in this April 13, 2015 photo. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

January 14, 2016 — The latest evidence that 2015 was a breakout year for clean energy is in, and it’s particularly telling.

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